The minute I went to www.papaspearls.com to learn more about the book “Papa’s Pearls,” I knew I was in for a treat. The phrase at the very top of the page was “I love you. You know that, right?” Isn’t that what we all want to hear…Isn’t that what we all want our kids to know? Well, Diane Flynn Keith was blessed to have a father who knew the importance of this phrase and she shares many of his gems with us in her book “Papa’s Pearls~A Father’s Gift Of Love and Wisdom to His Children and Grandchildren.” As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I eagerly anticipated the arrival of this book in my mailbox. This 108 page book, published by Homefires Press, is the sharing of her reflections on the life-lessons of her papa: life-lessons encouraging a positive outlook by believing in yourself enough to take the necessary actions to make your dreams come alive.
My 16 year old daughter read this inspirational book and then shared her narrative. I hope you enjoy her thoughts on this story, “Papa’s Pearls,” and that you will be encouraged to read this inspirational book for yourself.
“An Inspirational Read” by Megan
Do you have a family member who is always repeating funny, wise or inspirational little phrases? Have you ever met someone who is full of cheery inspiration, even when there is no apparent reason for being happy? In the book, “Papa’s Pearls,” you get to meet a person like that through the father of the author, Diane Flynn Keith. Carol Flynn or “papa” as you get to know him, was raised in the depression era and how what he learned from tough experiences and hard work left a legacy of wisdom for his grandchildren and children, through the way he lived out his life.
Each chapter starts off with one of “Papa’s Pearls,” a phrase or saying that Papa’s children and grandchildren grew up hearing that imparted wisdom that they would use throughout their lives and pass on to their children. Accompanying each “Pearl” was a a delightful story from the life of Papa and his family, as he saw hope and life in places many breezed by in their fast paced lives.
Throughout the book, I was inspired and impressed by the optimism of the man, the Flynn family called papa, and the impact he had on his family and the legacy of love and wisdom that he left them. This truly was a delightful book to read at the end of the day as I got ready to go to sleep. The only warning I have is that this was the story of a real man’s life and in keeping with that, some parts might not be suitable for a younger reader, although if a parent were reading aloud to their children, these few parts could be easily skipped over in view of the overall wholesome content of the book.
The book is really summed up in a paragraph in chapter 17 on page 103 that says “Papa SEEDED HIS PEARLS OF WISDOM AND LOVE as he interacted with us day to day. They are a reflection of the life-lessons he learned, the power of positive thinking coupled with appropriate action and the joy of living a full and abundant life. The simplicity of his words and actions are what make them accessible. But the real secret to using them to improve your life or direct meaningful change is to believe in yourself and your ability to make it happen.”
From stories of a duck rescued in a snow storm, to teaching his children to keep a watchful eye for hidden treasures as you walk about, I am sure that you will find this story of a man and the legacy he left, as enchanting as I did. While at the same time receiving life lessons we all can learn from and implement in our daily lives. ~Megan
If you would like to purchase a copy of this book for $14.97 plus s/h ($21.97 total) for yourself, click here to get your own copy autographed by Diane Flynn Keith. The book is also available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle edition. Then find a cozy spot and sit back as you “listen” to papa. You will almost feel like he is sitting right next to you!
~A Good Book Is Almost as Good as It Gets~